Lottie Wentworth has never been more pleased to hear Big Ben ring in the new year and wave goodbye to The Year of Saying Yes!
When a long-term relationship ended, her best friend’s scheme to get Lottie back in the swing of things seemed like a good idea. She’s kept her promise to Jess to see it through but, as a lover of the quiet life, Lottie couldn’t be happier to say hello to a brand new year – The Year of Saying No!
Unfortunately, the one thing she still seems unable to say no to is the crush she has on her best client and now friend, Army veteran, Seb Marshall. But she’s working on it, and with rescue dog Humphrey at her side, she knows that she’ll manage just fine.
Lottie’s decision to stop trying to please everyone has brought a sense of relief beyond what she had expected. Her actions and determination have also begun to send ripples throughout her life and those closest to her, bringing about changes none of them could have expected.
But will all those changes be for the good?
I’ve read and enjoyed books by Maxine Morrey in the past so jumped at the opportunity to read this one – and I’m so glad I did. This is one of those romances where everyone else knows the couple are meant to be together but the couple themselves aren’t acknowledging it to anyone else, even though they know they’re attracted they don’t believe the other person will be attracted to them. Actually, for some of the time this meant I felt like figuratively banging their heads together – they were so frustrating!
Lottie Wentworth is a virtual PA who has a huge crush on her client Seb Marshall, who is also her friend even though they’ve never met in reality. They regularly chat and message each other online and on the phone and not only about work. When Lottie and her long term boyfriend broke up, her friend Jess challenged her to have a year of saying yes. Now that year is over, Lottie is determined to have a year of saying no. That’s actually brilliant because it means she no longer agrees to do whatever others suggest (like hosting her sister’s book club for her) and this causes some unexpected changes in her relationships and how others look at her.
Seb is an army veteran who was seriously injured, losing part of his leg, whilst on duty overseas. He’s also harbouring some feelings of guilt that are impacting on his ability to relate to others and sees himself as no longer being whole, even though he’s a very attractive, kind and considerate gentleman. When he invites Lottie to go to the theatre with him, will this be the kick start their potential romance needs or will it just fizzle and die?
This is another delightful easy read story from this talented author. There are lots of other great characters in the story, including their families, friends and their dogs. You just have to love Humphrey, especially. If you’re looking for a fun read, I highly recommend you go get yourself a copy of this book to escape into!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and giggling my way through it.